Having left The Daily Telegraph, where he was graphics editor for nearly 18 years, he now writes and illustrates books for children. His first Curd-the-Lion book is available now. Alan also illustrates for other publishers such as the Penguin Group. Osprey, Windmill, Aurum and Ivy. He also creates cutaway drawings for architects and developers such as World Architect of Year, John McAslan & Partners, and formerly for Kit Martin, now adviser on historic buildings to Prince Charles’s Phoenix Trust.
Son of a rubber planter, Alan’s schooling began on a beach. After a grinding spell in the English educational system, he tried several occupations before settling on the writing of novels. He works in a shed at the end of his garden under an ancient apple-tree. For recreation he walks through the woodlands of Sussex and, when injury permits, plays fanatically bad real tennis